A BUSINESSMAN who operates six MacDonald's franchises across Cornwall is expecting to create 45 jobs in the county this year.
New employees will have the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications.
David Wynne, whose portfolio includes outlets at Pool and Penzance, said: "In 2012 we added some fantastic crew from the local community to our team, many of whom were starting out in their first job and may otherwise not have had the opportunity to join the world of work.
"It's important for all those who can, to continue giving young people in particular the chance to get workplace experience.
"I'm confident that in the year ahead there will be the same level of enthusiasm and talent from job candidates in Cornwall, and I'm looking forward to employing even more young people in my restaurants."